|STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA
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STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA 9, 2006
The vessel, oven and house in symbolical relation with the womb and women
– neolithic bases and ethnographic implications
Because of their similar shape and function the dishes, the oven, and the house were viewed during the Neolithic and later in prehistory as parallels to certain features of the female body. Some dishes and ceramic models of ovens and houses bore painted, carved, or affixed motifs with exaggerated female attributes. Since the inside of these objects closely resembled the womb, the dishes and oven models were often used as coffins for newborn babies and children. Adults and children alike were frequently buried in certain parts of the house. These ritual acts whose origin probably dates to prehistory have parallels in the traditions of the Balkans. They are connected with traditional burial and calendar customs related to the house and family, and with etymological significance of different receptacles for everyday and ritual use.
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